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Test Item Development Guide

This publication of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations provides item development guidelines to new and current item writers to augment the quality and quantity of new test items into our item bank. The use of the item development guidelines should increase the chances that items submitted to testing services will be accepted. This exercise affords an opportunity to participate in a professional activity associated with dentistry. To this end, the Test Item Development Guide is intended:

  • To inform dental and academic communities of interest about the item development process for National Board Dental/Dental Hygiene Examinations
  • To encourage participation in our item development and review activities.
  • To broaden our base of item writers, item reviewers, and future test constructors.
  • To replenish our item pool with current knowledge in a variety of item formats.

Download the guide: JCNDE Test Item Development Guide (PDF)